If you had to live in a self-sustained way? I’ll be honest, I couldn’t and that made me panic. I decided to start small in my own backyard to get rid of the panic.
This is a different way of empowerment alignment. It’s a way of looking to my own wisdom, my work, and my desire for a better future for myself, my family, and the those I have yet to met.
I belong to a forward thinking, globally based group which asks questions like, “What would you do if the financial systems collapse? What if there was a power outage for an extended period of time? Do you know how to live without banks, grocery stores or the internet?”
This isn’t crazy doomsday thinking but a good way for me to check what attachments do I have that ultimately keep me disempowered?
Even though I teach freedom and empowerment for the internal realms, do I really now what to do in the material realms as it relates to a self-sustaining perspective?
That inspired me to do something on a local level while I’m connected with a global platform. And the ripple effect was how to do this in a way that helped the planet, well, ok, let me back up, help my neighborhood by using the space I have in my backyard.
Small local actions but with a global idea in mind.
It Started on Memorial Day
In the US, it’s Memorial Day, a day to remember the armed services fallen.
It doesn’t matter what you think about the military or about war. Here’s what I know after spending years with veterans during an annual Memorial Day Tribute led by my husband.
They are good people as are all souls. They taught me a lot about how to be a good person. They don’t want much out of life. Like us, they want love, security with their family, peace and freedom...and they want to belong to a tribe. They just get it in a different way than me.
The men who stay overnight in my office which is also a guest room comment on how peaceful and calm my space is. When I tell them it’s my energy and my work, they understand. Having survived imminent death, they have developed their intuition and even if they don’t completely understand my words, they feel the welcoming space I create in my home.
I’d like to think that the Armed Sevices men and women who didn’t make it back home wished they could do mundane things, like work in the garden.
In their memory, I decided to plant a garden. Also, I imagined it would look pretty especially after my friend, Ella, thought it would help from a Feng Shui perspective. I can see this planter from my office window.
And windows can show us the view out of and into our souls.
Up to now, I’ve been a cerebral, high performing, city girl.
I’m not a nature girl (dirt is involved? what about my nails?🤣)...I love nature but up to now, not necessarily working in it.
If I were to be called on to help others move to a new, self-sustaining paradigm, not just from the empowered alignment work that I do, but how to actually live if our infrastructure was eliminated, I need to experience this for myself.
But, for it to feel good without an undercurrent obligation, I started out where I am based on what I want with wider lenses to see what it where it will take me in the future, both for my business and the learnings of nature.
While I could buy acres of land with natural water sources, greenhouses, wind turbines and solar power here in California, I wouldn't know how to read nature or live on it. I know that I don’t have to know everything, just the right people who have knowledge on how to work the land.
The problem is, I don’t know anyone who does.
I would have to first learn, starting small, with what I have. To move forward, my life has always shown me what or who I needed to know as long as I took the first intentional step.
Here’s what a garden taught me.
Up until now, I realized I haven’t honored, played with, and loved the dirt, the land I live on and which makes my life possible.
A lot of metaphorical meanings in what I discovered while planting this garden.
You don’t need a garden to translate this to your life in general. Use these observations to guide yourself through your own self-discovery.
Shame and Anger Transmuted
When trying something new, inevitably something old is released. Know that this is a good thing as it comes up for air, to be breath the fresh air to fertilize and enrich the new experience, not to bum you out or bring you down.
My dad was a lowly gardener after many years of internment in the WW II Japanese American camps.
He had to because there was no other employment prospects due to the extreme prejudice against my family’s ancestry.
He was a talented professional photographer. His soul broke when he was not able to do his work.
He was angry most of the time afterwards, understandably, and to confess, I was ashamed as a kid that he had such a menial job.
I also was angry at him for not having the fortitude to do more, to use his talents.
But breaking an entire’s nation’s anger towards you based on your ancestry is a hard fight. He wasn’t able to do it so that the lesson I got from his life would provide the fuel for me to succeed in my soul’s work.
And yet, while preparing the garden, I heard him talking...“Dig a little deeper so the plants will be happy. That’s right. Good. Don't throw away the plastic pots...they're still good. You can use them later for seedlings..."”
He may not have chosen to be a gardener but he sure in hell did a great job. He knew how to talk to plants, the birds who would visit the garden, and how to grow everything without waste or excessive riches.
He didn’t use shortcuts like Miracle Grow. He let the land tell him how to leverage its resources.
Today, I was glad for his green thumb instead of being ashamed of it, not because I inherited it but because I had a role model and the sense to listen for his voice.
Metaphor for my work…this time for me while using my hands with the earth
1 Start where you with what you have.
This planter was a fish pond built by the original wieners of our house. It leaked so I filled it with bags of potting soil. I start with this garden for its beauty first, the change of energy through Feng Shui and the first conscious connection with the earth.
It was something right in front of me, something I didn’t look at because it was ugly. And today, I brought life and beauty to it.
Our lives are just like that. They may seem desolate but I assure you, if I work with you, I will see all of the beauty and power you’ve been programmed to overlook…and we will bring it forward and bridge it effortlessly with your conscious, intellectual mind.
2 Weed by the root, not clipping the leaves.
That means, dig deep to honor the weed and remove it in its entirety. Read the rest of this website to see what I mean.
3 Prepare the soil by breaking crust.
We all have hard surfaces but my sacred sight sees what’s underneath and wishes to be given the light of day and to breath in freedom.
4 Remove obstacles for deep work.
Archeological rubble used to fill up this planter, in the form of pavers and bricks so I didn’t have to dozens of planting soil. I forgot about them until my shovel hit them.
What used work isn’t needed now and rather than being annoyed, was glad I’ve evolved beyond the original use.
Some plants (and people) cling to their too small containers they’ve outgrown so it takes a big knocking to loosen them up. Treat with love and prayer, not judgement or impatience, to make it easy for them.
5 Mix the ground with the richness of the new.
My work doesn’t abandon all the past but integrated it with the new desire. We simply find the root of the issue where the old soil makes room to be mixed with rich organic composite to support growth.
6 Plan ahead with compassion and intention for the better good.
I laid out the garden first so I knew where to dig so the plants would have a deep, fertile place to grow. The plants are set up for success.
A lot of people meander through their lives without any real purpose until a tipping point strips aways everything they relied on to as the Big Life Questions.
My clients have an idea that’s something wrong and have an idea of where they want to although they may not be able to put their finger right on it.
That’s ok because I always create a safe, fertile soft place to land after doing the work so they have a good foundation to live the rest of their lives in an empowered aligned kind of way.
7 Flexibility to change by choice or mandate which really are the same thing.
I moved plants around despite having a plan. It just seemed like the plants wanted more room to grow outward so they could grow upward.
It’s ok to adjust your life as you go despite plans. My clients learn that they always have choice, even if changes or challenges seem mandated, to keep their space sacred so they can grow upward.
8 Be gentle.
After I was done, I gently watered the transplanted information as it’s a shock after a change of contained programming to fertile ground.
I tell my clients after a session, be nice to yourself, whatever that means to you. That means, taking a nap, eating chocolate, having a glass of wine…whatever they feel like they need.
9 Enjoy and love the work. watch it flourish, tend to it when needed.
The garden is settled. I can’t wait to water it daily, take time every day to see how it changes, to respond to what it needs. I chose plants agreeable with my climate so the care they need will be easy.
My clients’ lives are like that, too. They confidently take the next step as the carpet rolls out a bit further. They do so with ease and knowing they are the centered of their lives, always being able to find the power in it when it had previously been overlooked.
They know what to do when stuff comes up because that’s how life is. They know how to tend to their empowered alignment in the form of their True Life.
About the Garden
I got plants that are hardy for the LA dry conditions, knowing I have to be deliberate of how much I water some plants vs not so much for others: Dahlia, daffodils, succulent, daisies, salvia snow hill, bloodstone ameria (pink dr Seuss balls), geranium, penstomen, euphoric, heirloom tomatoes.
The dahlia is significant as that was the image I saw when I asked in a spiritual modality of the Akashic Records, “What’s my purpose?” The response was: “Be present.” and a never-ending blooming purpose dahlia image.
Hope the military fallen and my dad in heaven appreciate this small tribute, Memorial Day garden.
Now, I’m off to do my nails!!!😂💅
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